• 1949
  • Agfa paper
  • Photography
  • Inv. FP222

Fernando Lemos

José Viana

José Viana was a popular revue actor. He had begun his professional career as an actor in 1949 in the play Um Chapéu de Palha de Itália [The Italian Straw Hat, a nineteenth-century farce in five acts by Marc Michel and Eugène Marin Labiche], staged by the theatre group Companheiros do Pátio das Comédias, of which António Pedro – a close friend of Fernando Lemos – was at the time director.


Previously José Viana had been attracted to painting, and exhibited at the Second General Arts Exhibition at the National Society of Fine Arts (Lisbon) in 1947. There he showed a work called Ordem [Order], which contained an obvious political message. It represented a group of men and women imprisoned by a strong chain that limited their mobility. This message was not lost on the regime's political police, who apprehended the work.


This portrait focuses on the playful lightness of expression of the codes of vaudeville for which the actor had become popular, and with which he dissimulated his criticism of the political system.





May 2010



TypeA definir
Fernando Lemos e o Surrealismo
Sintra, Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Colecção Berardo, 2005
Catálogo de exposição
À Sombra da Luz, À Luz da Sombra: Fotografias 1949-1952 / Fernando Lemos
São Paulo, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2004
Fernando Lemos - À Sombra da Luz
Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro de Arte Moderna, 1994
Catálogo de exposição
Retratos de Quem? Fernando Lemos
São Paulo, Edição do Instituto Camões, 2000
Fernando Lemos - À Sombra da Luz
Curator: Jorge Molder (1947-)
1994-07-20 a 1994-10-09
Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa
Exposição programada por Jorge Molder e Fernando Lemos.
Aspects de la Photographie Portugaise
Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian
Curator: Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian
1992-11-12 a 1992-12-17
Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris
Exposição integrada no âmbito do Mois de la Photo em Paris, comissariado por Jean-Luc Monterosso (Comissaire Générale).
Updated on 23 january 2015

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